In late 1997, Charles Rice Goff III released to the public a self-published Dadaist libretto entitled: "Pushing The Boundaries." The following is a direct quotation of the "Forward" from the booklet, written by Goff himself:
"Welcome to my adventures through the Space Age. In this booklet I have collected a number of quotations, photocopied directly from sources which were first published during the rocket-powered 1950's and 1960's. Each quote is illustrated with a unique visual interpretation of its contents. The quotes are very loosely organized. Each page should be experienced individually, as one would experience poems in a book of poetry. My intention for the overall effect of this booklet is to give the reader an entertaining, somewhat surreal lesson in human history. Otherwise, it makes a great coloring book. Enjoy!"
Goff cut up photocopies from various sources and physically pasted them together to create the master copy of this publication. No computer technology was used during this process. The first booklets for public distribution were produced from the master copy at a Lawrence, Kansas, photocopying center. Goff dedicated his libretto to his friends, especially his wife-to-be: Karen, his family, especially his parents: Charles Jr. and Marie, and everyone else who supported his "craziness." No profit was ever made from this publication, and Goff has never made any claims to its sampled contents. This archive contains two PDF files of the original libretto: one formatted for online reading, and one formatted for printing out and assembling into a hard-copy booklet. Printing the pages of the "print edition" back-to-back in the order that they appear (page one backed by page two, page three backed by page four, etc.) and folding them together in half will produce a hard-copy of the libretto.
Goodwind, Harold Leland, "Space Travel." New York: Pocket Books, 1956.
Lent, Henry, "Man Alive In Outer Space." New York: Macmillan Company, 1961.
Scharff, Robert, "Into Space With The Astronauts." New York: Wonder Books, 1965.
"U.S. On The Moon." Washington DC: US News And World Report, 1969.
Ward, Bob, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon." Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett publications, 1969.
Wilford, John Noble, "We Reach The Moon." New York: Bantam Books, 1969.
Special thanks to the men and women of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Soviet Cosmic Flight Program, and the Xerox Corporation.
In 1995 and 1998, Goff produced calendars using the same cut-and-paste techniques which are showcased in "Pushing The Boundaries." This archive contains three Dadaist self-portraits from Goff's 1995 calendar and two from his 1998 calendar.
Goff acquired two Bachelor of Arts degrees in writing (Creative Writing / Journalism) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. He has published a wide variety of written works, audio recordings, graphic images, videos, etc. He is the founder of Taped Rugs Productions.
Copyright 1997, 2010
by Taped Rugs Productions